The Crisis Artifact (Book 1 In The Crisis Trilogy)

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Caesar Guevara finds himself back in a rundown L.A. neighborhood following the death of his daughter and a bitter divorce. When all seemed hopeless, an unexpected visitor offers him a chance to find his way back. What begins as a spirited hunt for a precious artifact in the jungles of Peru eventually mushrooms into a crisis of epic proportion. After the ancient tribal artifact is removed from a newly discovered temple, the four elements are unleashed with devastating results, and a full-blown war erupts between ...
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Caesar Guevara finds himself back in a rundown L.A. neighborhood following the death of his daughter and a bitter divorce. When all seemed hopeless, an unexpected visitor offers him a chance to find his way back. What begins as a spirited hunt for a precious artifact in the jungles of Peru eventually mushrooms into a crisis of epic proportion. After the ancient tribal artifact is removed from a newly discovered temple, the four elements are unleashed with devastating results, and a full-blown war erupts between the forces of good and evil. Cataclysmic events begin to unfold around the globe, and the world eventually teeters on the brink of extinction as the battle for supremacy rages on. Our only hope rests in Caesar Guevara. . . .
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  • ISBN-13: 9781936307067
  • Publisher: 711 Press
  • Publication date: 2/25/2011
  • Pages: 114
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.27 (d)

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

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    You Need to Suspend Disbelief, But What FUN

    I dabble in sci-fi now and again, but it isn't a genre of first choice. While this book starts out in a grounded, realistic world for the most part, it eventually takes a turn into the realm of the impossible, featuring human beings who control the forces of nature with a thought and can summon elemental energy at will. Thanks to a solid beginning, where we are presented with a downtrodden father grieving over the loss of his gifted daughter, and the bitter divorce that followed, I was immediately pulled into this very human story, and the sci-fi elements that were introduced later on were palatable, even welcomed, as it took the story to new heights and carried it beyond my wildest expectations. But--and this is a big "but"--I had to suspend disbelief, because more than a few wild things occur in this book that will probably turn the average non-sci-fi geek off. Though I don't rush into sci-fi and paranormal genres as much or as often as others do, these books are primarily grounded in reality, so they were easy to digest. On top of that, the ending had me scrambling for my netbook, and I purchased the second book in the trilogy like a madwoman. When it finally arrived in the mail, I devoured it in less time than it took to read the first one. Now I must wait till sometime this year for book three. So glad they're releasing all of these in the same year. They're short enough, at around 100 or so pages apiece (I have the print versions), but they are VERY compelling reads. Definitely movie-like in all aspects, forcing you to use your imagination in ways that a movie actually can't.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

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    Be Warned, This is a Short Book, But a Good One

    I'm the kind of reader who usually reads books that are over 300 pages, let's get that out of the way. I used to think that I wasn't getting my money's worth if the story wasn't a certain length. Given my hectic schedule, I only have a few hours a day to devote to reading, and it is my primary means of escape, so I like to find a really good book and savor it for as long as possible. Problem is, most of the longer books I've been reading have been dragging out, and authors are taking forever to get to the point. That brings me to this book, The Crisis Artifact. I love the genre, let's start with that, but the book length was an immediate turn off (first thing I check for; anal like that).

    Still, I read the synopsis, which held my interest, and then I did a search and found the publisher website. I was impressed with their unique business model right off the bat, something about publishing movies in book form, or movies and television in book form. Then I stumbled on a blog by one of the founders, and he argued that books don't need to be long to build character and tell a compelling story. Had to laugh to myself because he was speaking directly to me. Long story short, I thought "What the heck?" and took the plunge. Only cost me a few bucks. I gotta say, when I started the book I was completly absorbed in the story and totally bought the lead character, who wasn't your typical hero of general ethnicity, and in possession of a spiffy job. This guy was beaten down, and had to climb out of a serious rut, and we're taken on that amazing journey from page one. This doesn't stay grounded in reality, however, but, like I said, I'm a major fan of sci-fi, so I was game for whatever, and boy does this book go over the top with the elemental powers and jargon. Loved it! Very, very cinematic indeed.

    In short, if you remotely like contemporary sci-fi or fantasy, and want a full-fleshed, living, breathing protagonist with real personal demons and drive (and supernatural powers on top of that), you'll love this series! Took me about 2 and a half hours to read and was worth every penny. 711 Press has a loyal, rabid fan in Dave Webb!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

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    You Need to Suspend Disbelief, But What FUN

    I dabble in sci-fi now and again, but it isn't a genre of first choice. While this book starts out in a grounded, realistic world for the most part, it eventually takes a turn into the realm of the impossible, featuring human beings who control the forces of nature with a thought and can summon elemental energy at will. Thanks to a solid beginning, where we are presented with a downtrodden father grieving over the loss of his gifted daughter, and the bitter divorce that followed, I was immediately pulled into this very human story, and the sci-fi elements that were introduced later on were palatable, even welcomed, as it took the story to new heights and carried it beyond my wildest expectations. But--and this is a big "but"--I had to suspend disbelief, because more than a few wild things occur in this book that will probably turn the average non-sci-fi geek off. Though I don't rush into sci-fi and paranormal genres as much or as often as others do, these books are primarily grounded in reality, so they were easy to digest. On top of that, the ending had me scrambling for my netbook, and I purchased the second book in the trilogy like a madwoman. When it finally arrived in the mail, I devoured it in less time than it took to read the first one. Now I must wait till sometime this year for book three. So glad they're releasing all of these in the same year. They're short enough, at around 100 or so pages apiece (I have the print versions), but they are VERY compelling reads. Definitely movie-like in all aspects, forcing you to use your imagination in ways that a movie actually can't. I can't wait for more!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2011

    Edge of Your Seat Adventure

    My oh my! Talk about action and adventure. This really and truly is a movie in book form. What starts out as a story with a downtrodden and despondent man at its heart soon ramps up to an all out artifact hunt that sets the stage for a climactic fate-of-the-world battle between two element-bending powerhouses. Caesar Guevara is the protagonist, a gifted archaeologist who, though suffering from inner turmoil, hasn't quite lost sight of his true passion. When an unexpected visitor forces his hand, he's off on the adventure of a lifetime, trekking through dense Peruvian jungles, winding along the endless Amazon in a tugboat piloted by a blind captain, and navigating an ancient temple with more deathtraps and puzzles than an Indiana Jones triple-feature. Surprises abound, and as the story progresses, details are revealed that make this gem a real page-turner.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    Review of The Crisis Artifact An electrifying thriller, and jus

    Review of The Crisis Artifact An electrifying thriller, and just as
    promised by the publisher, it doesn’t take long at all to read (of
    course not, the pages flew for me). I was reminded of some of the
    thrillers of Alex Archer, but “The Crisis Artifact” seems to have more
    impact because it is so compact, yet deep. Here we are treated to
    archaeology, death, divorce, mythology, paranormal, South American drug
    lords and military, and history stretching so far back (before the Inca,
    before the Maya) that it is actually pre-history. There is even
    apocalypse-yes, Virginia, there really are apocalpyses that don’t
    involve either zombies or plague viruses. I totally enjoyed this novel
    and am already planning on acquiring the next two in the series. We’ve
    got a great batch of characters-both the “good guys” and the “bad guys,”
    magical displays of power, jungle temples, loyalty, instantaneous
    personality evolution-I don’t want to give anything away, but I do urge
    you to go get this novel and quickly!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

    Just Okay

    While not the best book I've ever read, it was not the worst either. The story line is interesting, but predictible. Think Indiana Jones. There were multiple typos, especially in the beginning, but easily overlooked. I will still read the next book, just to see what happens.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    This should be a movie!!!

    I was a very loyal fan of the "Indiana Jones" series growing up and always yearned to go on an adventure or an archaeological quest because of my fascination with these type stories. I also love movies like "The Librarian" and "Tomb Raider" series, so when I stumbled across this book, I was instantly interested.

    I figured this would be like a 300-400 page book so I have to admit, I was a little worried when I first saw how small it was, but that worry quickly dissipated as I began to read. I was blown away page to page and loved the fact that there were no long-drawn boring pages. I feel like they created a new concept-it's not an over-written novel, yet it's not a short story. It's a full story that you can easily read in 3-4 hours. I feel like the authors probably wrote a 400 page book, then took out all the filler and left you with a great, digestible meal.

    Going on the 711 Press website to see what else they had out to stuff into my mind, I realized that their concept is 'books that read just like TV shows or movies', which explains why the books are quick to the punch . And let me tell you, this book should be a movie! Love the characters, love the story, already read book two in the trilogy, "The Chaos Pendulum" and cannot wait for the third!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    This should be a movie!!!

    I was a very loyal fan of the "Indiana Jones" series growing up and always yearned to go on an adventure or an archaeological quest because of my fascination with these type stories. I also love movies like "The Librarian" and "Tomb Raider" series, so when I stumbled across this book, I was instantly interested.

    I figured this would be like a 300-400 page book so I have to admit, I was a little worried when I first saw how small it was, but that worry quickly dissipated as I began to read. I was blown away page to page and loved the fact that there were no long-drawn boring pages. I feel like they created a new concept-it's not an over-written novel, yet it's not a short story. It's a full story that you can easily read in 3-4 hours. I feel like the authors probably wrote a 400 page book, then took out all the filler and left you with a great, digestible meal.

    Going on the 711 Press website to see what else they had out to stuff into my mind, I realized that their concept is 'books that read just like TV shows or movies', which explains why the books are quick to the punch . And let me tell you, this book should be a movie! Love the characters, love the story, already read book two in the trilogy, "The Chaos Pendulum" and cannot wait for the third!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

    Can't Wait to See Where This Goes

    A friend of mine loan me this and I read it over the course of a day while at work. Risked being fired for this thing! The story moves quickly, and it really sucks you in, then things get crazy toward the end. There's a nasty villain in this bent on seizing power in his country before setting his sights on world domination, and a major battle breaks out that has to be read to be believed (and even then you won't believe it!). I really want to see what happens with this scroll business, and I want to learn more about Annie, and what Lady Adelaide saw in the crystal, and I want to know what happens to Caesar now that he has become . . . wait, I don't want give away crucial plot points and throw spoilers in here. So you'll have to read it for yourself. This is a must read! Hands down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

    Incredible Start to a Planned Trilogy

    I dove into this book not really knowing what I'd get out of it, and boy did I get a lot. Loads of action, traipsing through an ancient temple full of deathtraps, close quarters shootouts, supernatural powers being unleashed, paranormal activity.... There's even a scene that involves a giant sand funnel chasing a helicopter that recalls one of the Mummy movies, but it is done quite differently here, and makes for a really entertaining reading experience. I'm wondering what will become of Annie, because a lot is hinted at in the first book, and the ending of the second book is MINDBLOWING!!!! The authors will leave you salivating for more once you get to the last page of both this and Chaos Pendulum. Great fun!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

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    Be Warned, This is a Short Book, But a Good One

    I'm the kind of reader who usually reads books that are over 300 pages, let's get that out of the way. I used to think that I wasn't getting my money's worth if the story wasn't a certain length. Given my hectic schedule, I only have a few hours a day to devote to reading, and it is my primary means of escape, so I like to find a really good book and savor it for as long as possible. Problem is, most of the longer books I've been reading have been dragging out, and authors are taking forever to get to the point. That brings me to this book, The Crisis Artifact. I love the genre, let's start with that, but the book length was an immediate turn off (first thing I check for; anal like that).

    Still, I read the synopsis, which held my interest, and then I did a search and found the publisher website. I was impressed with their unique business model right off the bat, something about publishing movies in book form, or movies and television in book form. Then I stumbled on a blog by one of the founders, and he argued that books don't need to be long to build character and tell a compelling story. Had to laugh to myself because he was speaking directly to me. Long story short, I thought "What the heck?" and took the plunge. Only cost me a few bucks. I gotta say, when I started the book I was completly absorbed in the story and totally bought the lead character, who wasn't your typical hero of general ethnicity, and in possession of a spiffy job. This guy was beaten down, and had to climb out of a serious rut, and we're taken on that amazing journey from page one. This doesn't stay grounded in reality, however, but, like I said, I'm a major fan of sci-fi, so I was game for whatever, and boy does this book go over the top with the elemental powers and jargon. Loved it! Very, very cinematic indeed.

    In short, if you remotely like contemporary sci-fi or fantasy, and want a full-fleshed, living, breathing protagonist with real personal demons and drive (and supernatural powers on top of that), you'll love this series! Took me about 2 and a half hours to read and was worth every penny. 711 Press has a loyal, rabid fan in Dave Webb!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    Not my genre, but I still loved this story

    I read this book because a friend of mine told me it was great and I am always looking for good reads. I must say that I am not the 'Indiana Jones' type, but this story was riveting and kept me interested. Many might think that the beginning is slightly slow, but read on because it sets the whole story and feeds into the next book in the series, which is called The Chaos Pendulum. If you are the adventurous type, you'll love this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    Not my genre, but I still loved this story

    I read this book because a friend of mine told me it was great and I am always looking for good reads. I must say that I am not the 'Indiana Jones' type, but this story was riveting and kept me interested. Many might think that the beginning is slightly slow, but read on because it sets the whole story and feeds into the next book in the series, which is called The Chaos Pendulum. If you are the adventurous type, you'll love this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

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    If Bruce Willis were Indiana Jones

    This book was amazing! To me it was like if Indiana Jones were played by Bruce Willis' character from Die Hard. The hero of this trilogy, Caesar Guevera, started off a little beaten down but as the book unfolded, this guy was someone you'd never want to mess with. Got to give a shout out to my daughter for this one because she turned me onto a series by these authors called Order of 5ive: Season 1 Episode 1 and once I was hooked on that series, she said I'd love this too. However, I'd like to state that Order of 5ive is more YA, while the Crisis trilogy seems a little more adult, like Tomb Raider on steroids.

    I love the 711 Press concept where they make books read like TV shows and movies so you can have all the action, with less filler and be done reading an entire novel in the same amount of time it takes to watch a tv show or movie. I am now so done with 700 page novels that have 555 pages of filler. These books work for me because I am very busy. Keep em coming guys, I am loving your titles!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    Indiana Jones/Lost/Last Air Bender look out!

    The Crisis artifact was the most wild ride in fiction I've taken for a long time. The story is based on a failed archeologist named Caesar who apparently lost his teen-aged daughter in an excavating accident. He is called back into action when an undiscovered Peruvian temple is unearthed which is the home and protector of an ancient artifact that could destroy or save the world. The choices that Caesar makes can affect mankind forever. But there is much, much more to the story. I'm a HUGE fantasy fiction fan and honestly, I usually go for the Lord of the Rings type stuff, but this book had me as captivated and into the story as Terry Brook's Shannara series has for years.

    Crisis has elements of Indiana Jones, Lost, and the Last Air Bender. It literally kept me on my seat and I was up until 1:30 a.m. last night finishing it. I wish I wouldn't have downed so much water, because I suffered for an hour having to pee, but I just couldn't walk away, haha. The small fiction title only took me three hours to read and it was definitely worth $2.99.

    Like 711 Press states on their site, 711 novels are short, quick, action-packed reads or "Movies in Book Form"- you can throw some popcorn in a microwave, open a pack of Twizzlers, pour some soda, kick back in a recliner and read a 711 book in roughly the same amount of time it takes to watch a movie. What a great concept. Like I said, it literally took me around three hours to read it, but of course, I was reading a little slow to take it all in. Very detailed and cinematic. Great job LaFleur and Massie. I cannot wait till Book II in the trilogy! This book is great for both Young Adult and veteran readers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

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    Exhilarating Thrill Ride

    Once you start this series, you'll be in for the ride of your life. It takes you on a fantastic journey through the Amazon, the jungles of Peru and into a mysterious ancient temple loaded with deathtraps and puzzles, and which holds an artifact so powerful that the energy it wields can literally destroy the world. Two opposing forces struggle for control of the artifact's essence and one must die before all is said and done.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

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    Exhilarating Thrill Ride

    Once you start this series, you'll be in for the ride of your life. It takes you on a fantastic journey through the Amazon, the jungles of Peru and into a mysterious ancient temple loaded with deathtraps and puzzles, and which holds an artifact so powerful that the energy it wields can literally destroy the world. Two opposing forces struggle for control of the artifact's essence and one must die before all is said and done. An exciting, thoroughly enjoyable read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

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    My newest favorite author team!

    What can I say that hasn't already been said in the other reviews. I read this book while lying under an umbrella at Myrtle Beach a few weeks ago. I'd read a chapter, stare at the ocean, take a drink of soda and smile. Life doesn't get any better. Thanks for the great story Mr. LaFleur and Mr. Massie.

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

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    If Bruce Willis were Indiana Jones

    This book was amazing! To me it was like if Indiana Jones were played by Bruce Willis' character from Die Hard. The hero of this trilogy, Caesar Guevera, started off a little beaten down but as the book unfolded, this guy was someone you'd never want to mess with. Got to give a shout out to my daughter for this one because she turned me onto a series by these authors called Order of 5ive: Season 1 Episode 1 and once I was hooked on that series, she said I'd love this too. However, I'd like to state that Order of 5ive is more YA, while the Crisis trilogy seems a little more adult, like Tomb Raider on steroids.

    I love the 711 Press concept where they make books read like TV shows and movies so you can have all the action, with less filler and be done reading an entire novel in the same amount of time it takes to watch a tv show or movie. I am now so done with 700 page novels that have 555 pages of filler. These books work for me because I am very busy. Keep em coming guys, I am loving your titles!

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    Indiana Jones/Lost Last Air Bender look out!

    The Crisis artifact was the most wild ride in fiction I've taken for a long time. The story is based on a failed archeologist named Caesar who apparently lost his teen-aged daughter in an excavating accident. He is called back into action when an undiscovered Peruvian temple is unearthed which is the home and protector of an ancient artifact that could destroy or save the world. The choices that Caesar makes can affect mankind forever. But there is much, much more to the story. I'm a HUGE fantasy fiction fan and honestly, I usually go for the Lord of the Rings type stuff, but this book had me as captivated and into the story as Terry Brook's Shannara series has for years.

    Crisis has elements of Indiana Jones, Lost, and the Last Air Bender. It literally kept me on my seat and I was up until 1:30 a.m. last night finishing it. I wish I wouldn't have downed so much water, because I suffered for an hour having to pee, but I just couldn't walk away, haha. The small fiction title only took me three hours to read and it was definitely worth the nookbook price of $2.99.

    Like 711 Press states on their site, 711 novels are short, quick, action-packed reads or "Movies in Book Form"- you can throw some popcorn in a microwave, open a pack of Twizzlers, pour some soda, kick back in a recliner and read a 711 book in roughly the same amount of time it takes to watch a movie. What a great concept. Like I said, it literally took me around three hours to read it, but of course, I was reading a little slow to take it all in. Very detailed and cinematic. Great job LaFleur and Massie. I cannot wait till Book II in the trilogy! This book is great for both Young Adult and veteran readers.

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